Standing at the top of the hill, Rayven Brooks didn’t know her bike was broken.
Her older brother, Antonio, had snuck out of the house and being just 7 years old at the time, she just wanted to play, too.
“I was supposed to be taking a nap, so I was a naughty child then,” said Brooks, who is now a senior guard for the Texas Tech Lady Raiders. “It was a pretty steep hill and I went down it.”
She didn’t make it.
Brooks tumbled down the hill, broke her jaw, split her chin open, and knocked out five of her teeth.
Jamie Roe fell backward on the court and her heart stopped for “a solid two seconds.”
Then she held her breath and looked up at the referee, whose left arm was behind his head and his right arm was extended.
The Texas Tech senior forward got the call.
“I saw (Seanna) Johnson and she obviously wanted to have the ball in her hands,” Roe said. “I knew she was going to take the shot no matter what so I figured I would come over and sacrifice my body. ... Just thank goodness they called it a charge.”
WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL:
TEXAS TECH VS. IOWA STATE
2 P.M. SUNDAY, UNITED SUPERMARKETS ARENA
Advantage down low?
Iowa State sophomore Bryanna Fernstrom informed the coaching staff Monday morning that she was requesting a release from her scholarship at Iowa State and would be transferring. Three days later, she joined Minnesota.
Japreece Dean didn’t even call bank.
But, the last-second heave — and 3-pointer — clanked off the backboard and went it into the basket, giving the Texas Tech Lady Raiders a 17-16 lead on TCU after the first quarter.
It should have given Texas Tech the boost and momentum it needed to start the second quarter on a run.
Instead, TCU went on a 12-0 run and took control of the game.
The Lady Raiders just didn’t know how to do that, yet.
FORT WORTH — Texas Tech couldn’t gain any momentum.
TCU had no such problem, using a pair of runs in the second and third quarters to dispatch the Lady Raiders 69-48 on Wednesday at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum.
“I felt like we were getting good shots at times but we just weren’t getting them to go,” Texas Tech women’s basketball coach Candi Whitaker said. “They were getting it inside and they went on run that they didn’t counter.”
Texas Tech (9-7, 0-5 Big 12) started out in a hole, down 6-0 in the first three minutes of the first quarter.
LeeLee Grant has said it is time to play “grown woman” basketball.
To her that is her new life in playing for the Texas Tech Lady Raiders in the Big 12 conference.
“It is all new to me because I was in JUCO and to come here – the best league and play like a grown woman and play grown woman basketball has made me develop these last four games,” Grant said. “We are going to be successful this season and take it game by game.”
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — Candi Whitaker leaned back in her chair and stared at the ceiling of the West Virginia University Coliseum on Saturday night.
The Texas Tech women’s basketball coach had just watched her team commit a turnover that led to a West Virginia fast-break layup. Whitaker’s Lady Raiders trailed by 20 points, 49-29, late in the third quarter.
The frustration level was boiling over.
It was that kind of night for Tech (9-6), which fell to 0-4 in the Big 12 Conference with a 79-57 loss before a crowd of 2,471.
WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL: TEXAS TECH AT WEST VIRGINIA
6:00 P.M. SATURDAY AT MORGANTOWN, WEST VIRGINIA
Looking for a repeat
Texas Tech just matched up well with West Virginia last season.
It won both regular season meetings, winning on the road 55-45 and then at home 73-57.
Both times, Amber Battle went off. The former Tech star had 53 combined points in those two wins. And the road win was the first for Lady Raiders since beating Kansas, 72-70, on Feb. 24, 2013.